Brazil’s environment minister heckled at climate conference – video report

Jeering activists interrupted a speech by Ricardo Salles on Wednesday at the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week conference in Salvador, Brazil. Booing protesters virtually drowned out Salles' speech during which one activist held a placard reading: 'Don't you get tired of your own lies?' The minister and the government of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, have come under fire for their policies, which activists say are harming the environment

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Brazilian minister booed at climate event as outcry grows over Amazon fires

Political storm over rainforest devastation as Ricardo Salles attends summit

The environment minister of Brazil, where wildfires have been sweeping the Amazon rainforest, was booed at a climate event on Wednesday as celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande joined an international chorus of criticism.

Videos of Ricardo Salles being booed by demonstrators as he took to the stage at Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week in the north-eastern city of Salvador circulated widely in Brazil. An opposition senator is planning to seek his impeachment at Brazil’s supreme court.

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Home Office passport and visa chief Mark Thomson set to resign

Exclusive: Director general heading up sections at centre of Windrush scandal to step down next March

The head of two of the Home Office sections at the centre of the Windrush scandal has told staff he will be stepping down next year.

Mark Thomson, the director general of HM Passport Office (HMPO) and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), will be replaced in March and then take on a number of advisory roles and non-executive directorships.

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Taylor Swift’s great re-recording plot: icy revenge or a pointless setback?

As a swipe at Scooter Braun, the singer will recreate her first six albums from scratch. But her plan ignores one of music’s vital truths

Let’s assume it can be done, even though we don’t know. Let’s take Taylor Swift’s word for it when she says she is going to rerecord the six albums she recorded for the Big Machine label before signing to Republic/Universal last autumn. Let’s presume her contract with Big Machine did not contain clauses preventing soundalike re-recordings, or prevent her from taking new runs at old tracks until a certain time period had elapsed.

The news came in a preview for her interview on Good Morning America, scheduled to air this Sunday, in which Tracy Smith asked if she was planning to make new versions of all her masters. “Oh yeah,” Swift replied. “That’s a plan?” Smith asked. “Yeah, absolutely.” She has said that recording will commence in November 2020. “I’m going to be busy,” she told Smith.

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Man in court over Grenfell effigy video says it was joke about friends

Paul Bussetti, 47, says burning of cardboard tower was not meant to be about victims

The burning of a model of Grenfell Tower on a bonfire was a joke about a group of friends, not about the 72 people who lost their lives in the blaze, according to the man who filmed the footage.

Speaking at Westminster magistrates court, Paul Bussetti claimed the video – shot at an annual party held by a friend – was considered “funny” by those involved. He said it was not intended to be about the victims of the 2017 fire.

Bussetti, 47, is on trial accused of sending a “grossly offensive” video on WhatsApp and causing footage of a “menacing character” to be uploaded on YouTube.

On Thursday, while giving evidence, the married father of two told the court it was “certainly not the case” that the figures in the cardboard model, which had “Grenfell Tower” written on it, were meant to be those who died in the fire.

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Syrian man jailed for killing that sparked far-right riots in Germany

Asylum seeker Alaa Sheikhi guilty of manslaughter of Daniel Hillig in Chemnitz

A Syrian asylum seeker accused of a killing that sparked a week of far-right street violence in the eastern German city of Chemnitz in 2018 has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Alaa Sheikhi, 24, was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison by the Chemnitz higher regional court on Thursday.

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China’s state media accuses worker at UK consulate ‘of visiting prostitutes’

Claim over Simon Cheng, of Hong Kong consulate, often used by Bejing authorities to smear critics

Chinese state media has accused a worker at the British consulate in Hong Kong was detained in mainland China for visiting prostitutes – an accusation often used by the authorities to smear the reputation of government critics.

Simon Cheng, 28, a trade and investment officer for Scottish Development International, travelled to Shenzhen, a city that borders Hong Kong, on 8 August. He sent messages to his girlfriend as he was about to cross back over the border at about 10pm and has not been heard from since.

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China’s state media accuses worker at UK consulate ‘of visiting prostitutes’

Claim over Simon Cheng, of Hong Kong consulate, often used by Bejing authorities to smear critics

Chinese state media has accused a worker at the British consulate in Hong Kong was detained in mainland China for visiting prostitutes – an accusation often used by the authorities to smear the reputation of government critics.

Simon Cheng, 28, a trade and investment officer for Scottish Development International, travelled to Shenzhen, a city that borders Hong Kong, on 8 August. He sent messages to his girlfriend as he was about to cross back over the border at about 10pm and has not been heard from since.

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